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Metro Council approves expanded by the drink sales on Sunday for local restaurants

Thursday April 25, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526- 3622

Louisville – By a vote of 16 to 7, the Metro Council has given approval to expand “by the drink” liquor sales on Sundays for restaurants in Metro Louisville.

“With the passage of this legislation we have taken steps toward furthering economic growth in Louisville through our hospitality industry,” said Councilman David Tandy (D-4). “This helps our economy keep dollars circulating in our community by allowing Louisville restaurants to compete with their Southern Indiana counterparts.”

Tandy is the primary sponsor of the ordinance. Co-Sponsors included Councilmen Rick Blackwell (D-12), President Jim King (D-10) and Councilman Kevin Kramer (R-11).

“Many guests to our community are surprised to find out that they cannot have a drink with their brunch,” said Blackwell. “This allows them to have that option on Sundays, too.”

The ordinance reads as follows:

“…..Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (A), (B), and (C), all hotels, motels, and restaurants, which are retail drink and wine by the drink licensees who receive at least 50% or more of their gross annual income from dining facilities by the sale of food and airport drink licensees and horse track licensees, may sell, permit to be sold, or permit consumption of liquor, or wine, or malt beverages by the drink on Sundays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. on Monday, the following day….”

All remaining sales restrictions for the sale of alcohol on Sundays are unchanged. The ordinance only affects restaurants. It does not allow earlier hours for retail outlets and stores to sell alcohol on Sunday.

The ordinance will go into effect upon the signature of Mayor Fischer.

David Tandy (D) 4
Rick Blackwell (D) 12